Micelle formation in mixtures of styrene-isoprene diblock copolymer and poly(vinyl methyl ether)

Jong Hyun Ahn, Byeong Hyeok Sohn, Wang Cheol Zin, Si Tae Noh

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Abstract

The characteristics of micelle formed in blends of styrene-isoprene diblock copolymer (SI) and poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) were investigated by using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and light scattering techniques. The results of SAXS and TEM experiments indicate that the blends form spherical micelles with isoprene-rich cores and styrene-corona mixed with PVME in a matrix of PVME. As temperature increased, the blends underwent macrophase separation into a PVME-rich phase and a SI-rich phase which was also microphase-separated to ordered microdomains. Upon further heating, the ordered structure of the SI-rich region transforms to a disordered phase in a manner resembling the order-disorder transition in pure block copolymer melts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4459-4465
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume34
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun 19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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